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Source: The Presidency
Title: J Zuma: 2010 World Cup Bid farewell banquet
MESSAGE BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA TO THE 2010 WORLD CUP BID
FAREWELL BANQUET AT VODAWORLD, Midrand, 10 May 2004
Former President Nelson Mandela
The Minister of Sports and Recreation, Reverend Makhenkesi
Ministers of Education, Correctional Services, Home Affairs and The
2010 Bid Committee Chairman Irvin Khoza
Bid CEO Danny Jordaan
All members of the 2010 Bid Committee
Safa President Molefi Oliphant
Members of the South African Football
Captains of Industry and Commerce
On the eve of the important announcement of the country to host the
Soccer World Cup in 2010, we have gathered, to bid farewell to our
hard working Bid team.
As we send our delegation to this crucial assignment, we are
confident of a positive outcome, and with good reason. We have over
the last few years not sat on our laurels. We took the challenge of
losing the 2006 Bid in our stride, went straight back to work, and
delivered one of the biggest bid campaigns to convince the world
that we are ready to host the 2010 tournament.
The sterling work so far done by the 2010 World Cup Bid Committee
was only recently confirmed by a FIFA Technical Committee Report
that pitched South Africa above the rest of the contenders from our
continent. South Africa is the only African country with the
potential to host "an excellent World Cup in Africa in 2010," said
And the Technical Report further confirmed what every South African
intimately knows, that sport in our country continues to build
bridges by uniting the nation in the manner never before seen. This
was apparent on every occasion that the many FIFA delegations
visited our country during this campaign.
We are also especially blessed today, Distinguished Guests, to have
Madiba in our midst and we are sure that the delegation we send
today will be fully armed with the Madiba magic, whose wonders we
have all seen. We are very grateful Tata for the support you have
demonstrated and the many endeavours you continue to undertake on
behalf of South Africa and all our people. As the first president
of our democracy, you reminded us this morning at the Joint Sitting
of Parliament that South Africa continues to inspire us "to
celebrate our own demonstration of the capacity of human beings to
progress, to go forward, to improve, to do better". As we celebrate
both your life and your leadership, and a decade of democracy, we
are certain that there can be no better gift to give you than
securing the World Cup 2010 that today Africa and South Africa in
We therefore send this delegation to Zurich to promise FIFA and the
world's soccer-loving nations a spectacular event in the true
fashion, spirit, flair and vibrancy of the Rainbow Nation.
There is not a slightest doubt that South Africa is a truly
soccer-loving nation, and we know that the masses of our people
would fill up every stadium to capacity when the World's biggest
football showpiece is brought to our shores.
The benefits of this prospect to our nation would be so enormous
that we would take the whole evening, outlining what contribution
hosting the World Cup would make to our programme of alleviating
poverty, creating jobs and generally in social upliftment.
Not to mention the name we would have carved for South Africa and
Africa in the global world, including the impact on the eradication
of stereotypes and Afropessimism.
The economic spin offs of this tournament for the SADC region are
enormous, and it will fit in with our objectives of working for the
sustainable development not only of our country but that of our
continent as well. Our victory is therefore the victory of our
sister countries in this region as well.
Mr Irvin Khoza, Mr Danny Jordaan and the whole team have done
exceptionally well once again in executing this crucial national
duty. As you embark on the journey to Zurich this week, the whole
of South Africa is fully behind you.
The South African flag will be anxiously waiting to hit the breeze,
to fly higher and higher, as the much-awaited announcement is made
in our favour on Saturday.
Our streets are waiting to come alive with excitement from Cape
Town to Durban, Tzaneen to Kimberley, Port Elizabeth to Mafikeng,
Nelspruit to Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.